In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Talk at the annual Space Symposium, underway this week in Colorado Springs, turns to an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon and the national security role of a new U.S. Space Corps.
Human Space Exploration
Moon 2024: Sirangelo takes charge of strategy and plans, Space Council UAG plans “red team” analysis
Spacepolicyonline.com (4/8): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday named Mark Sirangelo, a former Sierra Nevada Corp. executive, as a special assistant assigned to develop a plan and strategy for returning human explorers to the Moon’s surface by 2024, a goal outlined by Vice President Mike Pence on March 26. Sirangelo’s responsibilities include an agency restructuring to establish a Moon to Mars Mission Directorate.
Advisory group seeks role evaluating NASA’s lunar plans
SpaceNews.com (4/9): During a meeting Monday at the opening of the annual Space Symposium, the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group (UAG) proposed and discussed a plan to form a task force “red team” to appraise NASA’s exploration initiative, one that is to accelerate the return of human explorers to the lunar surface by 2024. Earlier, members of the user’s group had voiced concerns that NASA’s plans to return ...